Thursday, November 18, 2010

Exploring Countries and Cultures week 9-11 - Brazil

 Here Molly is playing her Brazilian flute we made using out Global Art book
 We had a field trip to our local fire station - "we know a guy"

My Friend is the wife of a fireman and she arranged a the field trip for us and a couple of other families at church who teach their kids at home also.
 Cooking in Brazil - we made these tasty treats and the meat stew and as a side note the girls also talked me into buy a chocolate bar at Aldi's the other day because it said "Ecuador chocolate on it"

 In math we have been doing some measurements with grams, ounces and what not, so we got the scale out - actually the scale DH uses for our Awana club to weigh cars.
 We made these MAF planes after Finishing our read a loud Nate Saint in the Christian Hero's series from WYAM
 an animal puzzle book I picked up this summer - Rain forest page
 Our experiment with arches and eggs to see how strong they are

 13 books and I think if our eggs were closer in height it may have held up much longer
 Making an anaconda for art. The kids have now named it Anna and it looks like she is here to stay for awhile.  It's 2 wire hangers unbent with a sheet wrapped around it and then painted, so it's now bendable. From Global Art

 we experimented on how birds feathers have oil that keeps them dry by running paper feathers under water, on sprayed with oil first.
 The highlight of our school year so far!!!! This is a friend of mine from Bible study, I knew she had been a missionary in Eudora at one time and lost her husband at the time in a plane crash.  I invited her over to lunch to share with us about her time in Ecuador.  AMAZING - she met her late husband while serving as a missionary as a teacher to missionary kids in Ecuador.  He grew up there the son of an MAF pilot, became a MAF pilot.  Well not only that but they knew Rachel Saint personally and actually called her aunt.  She has also met Elizabeth Elliot and had pictures of Acua Indians and shared some amazing stories about the people and how her and her husband would fly in and stay the weekend with tribes.  She then showed us pictures of the Shell Mera house/Nate Saint house.
 Some more geography vocab cards
 we didn't have any Brazilians to color, but while in South America we did a brief study of Venezuela.
 I don't need to do this, but I have been testing at the end of each area and #1 got all the SA countries right!
I know we did other things and read great books, but since I haven't been very timely in my posting I have since forgotten.